‘See you down the izakaya’: pubs, Japan style

Tokyo’s taverns are tiny, sometimes raucous places for after-work drinking and great Japanese bar food Big in Japan … Tokyo is brimming with izakayas. Photograph: Alamy After a day of sightseeing and inevitable Lost In Translation moments, settling into an izakaya is the perfect respite for any traveller in Japan. Izakayas are cheerful pubs serving food and drinks – tiny, raucous and informal. They date back to the 17th century, when teahouses started selling sake to accompany snacks. Nowadays, they are popular with workers needing to unwind. They are found…

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